Harvest the Season

Oregon has some beautiful soil, which leads to bountiful harvests. Get an armload of homegrown goodies this weekend as you travel to local farm stands and take in the scenic views of surrounding farmlands in the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region, and across the entire state!

Farmer Farmers Market Melons by Quentin Furrow

Farmer Farmers Market Melons by Quentin Furrow

From Junction City to Oakridge you can find a stand within your range. Groundworks Organics, Thistledown and Lone Pine Farms are northbound favorites. Driving out of Eugene on River Road, you can hit all three in a row! Hentze Family Farm and Detering Orchards are also out this way, beautifully encompassed by winding country roads and colorful, sprawling fields. Closer to Fern Ridge, try Bush’s Fern View Farms for the last of the season’s fresh berries and tree fruit. If you’re looking for succulent, cared for meats to feed family and friends, take the trip to Deck Family Farms and get what you came for.

A drive down Poodle Creek Road will lead you to Winter Green Farms, offering CSA baskets, field trips, and open house tours of their 171 acres of land. Herrick Farms in Springfield is getting ready for fall with decorated pumpkins and peaches ripe for cold weather cobbler. Roll down your windows, breathe the farm fresh air, enjoy a caramel apple, and pluck some you-pick flowers to make a bouquet centerpiece for the kitchen table. The landscapes are humbling and will get you in the mood for fall!

Can’t make it to the farm? Let the farm come to you. The Lane County Farmers Market is in full swing through mid-November, and the Marketplace at Sprout! in Springfield will be at your service every Friday, year-round. Driving down Highway 58, stop by the Dexter Lake Farmers Market for organic products, Sundays through September 27. The Veneta Downtown Farmers Market on Territorial Road will continue Saturdays through September 26 and just south of Eugene, folks at the Creswell Farmers Market will be enjoying live local music and a tasty treats Tuesdays through October 27. Cottage Grove’s Coast Fork Farm Stand & Buying Club is boasting fresh corn and figs! The Florence Local Organic Farmers Market provides coast dwellers with produce from Greenfields Farm and Orchards every Saturday through October 31. Now is the time to stock up on pumpkins and squash. Crockpots are calling out for carrots, potatoes, onions, huge hunks of meat and slow cooking, so start planning your fall menus now!

Oregon Coast

All of that sea air must be rich with nutrients, there are several places to stop for farm fresh produce up and down the Oregon Coast! From north to south, enjoy a ride down the 101 as you stop off in the historic town of Astoria, nestled in the bay of the Columbia River just as it joins the Pacific Ocean.

Peeking Through at the Central Coast from Cape Perpetua

Peeking Through at the Central Coast from Cape Perpetua

Patron the River People Farmers Market, Thursdays through October 1 and the Astoria Sunday Market, celebrating its 15th season with locally grown food and artists! Travel on down the road to Cannon Beach where you’ll catch a glimpse of Haystack Rock and find a farmers market with a wide variety of fresh produce, pasture-raised meat and organic cheeses.

The towns of Manzanita, Tillamook, Pacific City and Neskowin round out the North Coast tour with offerings all their own, like robust tomatoes and peppers for hearty cold weather sauces. Watch out for cancellations due to high winds!

On the Central Coast strip, add the Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market to your agenda. This year-round market is held outside each Sunday until October 11 and will move indoors after this date. Newport’s Farmers Market is also a year-round happening. Indulge in the products of local artisans where Highway 101 meets Angle Street each Saturday, rain or shine, and follow the assembly indoors to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds once November comes.

The South Coast is teeming with fresh produce grown just for you and yours and it’s going to take a pretty little car ride to get to it all! Check out the Reedsport Farmers Market, open Fridays through October 30. This Friday, enjoy a free table grape tasting. Coos Bay has a farmers market stocked with everything from hot baked bread to all natural pumpkin lip balm. The Old Town Marketplace will be open and vending Friday, Saturday and a bonus Sunday in recognition with Bandon’s 69th Annual Cranberry Festival Weekend. Celebrate all things cranberry, and look for cranberry tinges of color on the trees you pass!

Willamette Valley
The Willamette Valley spoils us with its lushness and vibrancy, the beauty of the land is reflected in the food it produces. Just outside of Eugene, the towns of Brownsville, Sweet Home, Lebanon, Corvallis and Albany have bustling organic marketplaces, open to the public weekends through late October and November. This weekend in Corvallis, enjoy music by The Svens and appearances by OSU Benton County Master Gardeners.

Visit the Polk County Bounty Markets in Monmouth and Dallas. Treat yourself to something sweet or savory from the pastures of Independence. If you’re in the mood to cruise, drive through scenic Silverton to arrive at the Salem Farmers Market. This market takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on Mondays at the Salem Hospital.

Greater Portland
You’d be hard pressed not to find a marketplace on the corner of most any neighborhood in the Greater Portland area. With so many options, it’s hard to narrow them down. The OHSU Farmers Market on Marquam Hill is in its 9th season and a joy to access.

Portland by Instagrammer bryangeli (2014)

Portland by Instagrammer bryangeli (2014)

Take the tram for a unique aerial view of the city at large. Look for pops of color amidst the landscape below. Pick up some healthy snacks and get a quick tutorial from one of the educational vendor booths as you relax in the market’s beautiful courtyard arena. The Portland Farmers Market has flagships all across the city. Catch it Saturdays year-round in the Portland State Park Blocks, with over 140 vendors you’ll find crafts, free-range eggs, abundantly bright bouquets and everything in between.

Feel like getting away? Head slightly outside the city and travel to the Estacada Farmers Market. Find the market at its new location, Wade Creek House Antiques, and enjoy free refreshments and freezer pops!

Mt. Hood/Gorge
Hood River embodies the idea of farm-to-table living, with amenities like a 35-mile self-guided tour of Fruit Loop Stands along the scenic Hood River Valley. Take the tour, visit U-Pick Farms and stop at the town’s Saturday Market, happening through September 26. Breezes are still blowing strong in The Dalles, so windsurfers rejoice! Recuperate out after a big day on the water with proper sustenance from The Dalles Farmers Market. Enjoy the quaintness of this summer city’s downtown streets and look for signs of fall along the Columbia River.

Central Oregon
The dry, high desert of Central Oregon does not fail to yield delectable locally grown crops. Bring home some Bend when you visit the Bend Farmers Market, vending healthful foods and agricultural goods. North to Terrebonne, make a stop at the Redmond Farmers Market, held Tuesdays through September in Centennial Park. Bring the kids, and beat the last days of summer heat with a splash around in the park’s water fountains.

Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon is well taken care of in the farm stand department, and there’s definitely no shortage of scenic views to be had.

Sumpter Valley Railroad by Base Camp Baker

Sumpter Valley Railroad by Base Camp Baker (2014)

The Wallowa County Farmers Market sets up Saturdays in the town of Joseph and Thursdays in Enterprise. Catch it on a Thursday and once the grocery shopping is done, relax with a cold one on the porch of Terminal Gravity, a delightful brewpub with an extensive menu of farm fresh northwest cuisine. The Pendleton Farmers Market will be kicking off the Pendleton Round-Up pre-weekend with a Friday night market, featuring lots of produce, a beer garden, children’s activities and music by Luke Basile. Yeehaw partner, buck up for fall!

Southern Oregon
Visitors and locals will find the fruits and veggies they need at the Ashland Farmers Market, Saturdays and Tuesdays through October and November. Next weekend, experience the Rogue Valley’s best flavors at the Medford Farmers Market’s Salsa Festival and Showdown, a spicy competition in which participants are challenged to make their best salsa recipe using only ingredients available at the market that day. Enjoy entertainment, cooking demos and delicious samples Saturday, September 19. Farther north to the Umpqua Valley visit the Roseburg Farmers Market, providing plant starts and a nice mix of produce for Douglas County since 1994. Seize the fall!

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